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Crime & Courts

DeKalb woman accused of strangling boyfriend hires new lawyer

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb woman accused of strangling her boyfriend in November 2016 is hiring a new lawyer.

Kela M. Moss, 27, of 419 S. First St., DeKalb, was charged Nov. 14, 2016, with first-degree murder in connection with the death of her boyfriend, 25-year-old Brendon Brown, who lived with her in the apartment. If convicted, Moss could face 20 to 60 years in prison.

Moss’ attorney, David Camic, told DeKalb County Judge Robbin Stuckert on Wednesday that he would file a motion to withdraw as Moss’ lawyer after he received a handwritten letter the night before from Moss saying that she is hiring a new lawyer.

Moss’ former lawyer, Robert Nolan, has said the killing was an act of self-defense after a long period of domestic abuse, a claim that Brown’s family has disputed. Camic, of Camic Johnson Ltd. in Aurora, was hired by Moss on March 28.

Neither Camic nor First Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Klein knew who the new lawyer will be.

A member of Moss’ family, who declined to be identified or comment further after the hearing, told Stuckert that the lawyer will be able to make a status hearing Dec. 28.

Moss, who is being held on $750,000 bond, is due in court then.

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